Texas weighs allowing open carry of handguns

Dec 14, 2014 10:06 AM by News Staff

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Long depicted as the rootin'-tootin' capital of American gun culture, Texas is one of the few states with an outright ban on the open carry of handguns.

That could change next year, with an expected push for expanding gun rights from the Republican-dominated Legislature.

At least six bills have already been filed for the session that starts in January. Gov.-elect Greg Abbott has already pledged to sign one into law if sent to his desk.

Texas allows concealed handguns and public display of long guns, such as rifles and shotguns. But it still insists handguns be kept out of sight.

There are no guarantees open carry will pass. Bills to allow concealed handguns on college campus were filed in recent years but were derailed by universities and law enforcement.

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